At Maine Historical Society in Portland — April 17, 2019 By Ramona du Houx Maine Historical Society’s (MHS) new exhibition, Holding up the Sky, at their Portland gallery runs from April 12 to February 1, 2020. It honors and explores the experiences of the First People of Maine — the Wabanaki, which includes the Abenaki, Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot people. […]
The exhibition is built around the voices and perspectives of Wabanaki people and is being developed in collaboration with a team of advisors, including:
- Lisa Brooks (Abenaki),
- James Francis (Penobscot),
- Suzanne Greenlaw (Maliseet),
- Darren Ranco (Penobscot),
- Theresa Secord (Penobscot),
- Ashley Smith (Wabanaki descent), and
- Donald Soctomah (Passamaquoddy).
The exhibit explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation and will consider thousands of years of life in “Maine” places prior to the arrival of Europeans, and the complex relationships that have evolved since Europeans settled here.
In addition to items from Maine Historical Society collections and newly commissioned pieces by Wabanaki artists, the exhibition will feature artifacts loaned by many individuals and organizations, including: Abbe Museum, Hudson Museum, Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Museum, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Maine State Museum, Nova Scotia Museum, and Bangor Historical Society.